January 10, 2022
Washington, D.C.– Today’s action by the Bureau of Land Management to restore needed protections in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve was applauded by Conservation Lands Foundation, a plaintiff in a lawsuit against a 2020 BLM plan that would have illegally expanded oil leasing and drilling.
“America’s Western Arctic represents one of the most important fronts in the ﬁght against climate change and today’s announcement reinstates protections for seven million acres,” said Danielle Murray, senior policy and legal director for Conservation Lands Foundation.
“Time is running out and the Biden administration’s environmental legacy will hinge on making the hard, but right decisions for managing our nation’s vital public lands. The decision to protect America’s Western Arctic is among our last, best chances to respect the Indigenous cultures and the wildlife that call it home.
“Unchecked, oil companies could turn America's Western Arctic into a "carbon bomb." More fossil fuel development will poison this wildlife-rich ecosystem, destroy lands and waters that provide sustenance for Indigenous communities, and dramatically accelerate our planet’s climate destruction.
“There are many more vulnerable and valuable lands throughout the West that, like the Western Arctic, will need protecting if the Administration is to achieve its goal of conserving 30% of U.S. land and waters by 2030,” said Murray.
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The Conservation Lands Foundation is the only nonprofit leading a national movement of local advocates who care for America’s NATIONAL CONSERVATION LANDS and the public lands vital for the health of our planet and our communities.
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